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How to add an Avatar
30 May 2013, 12:16
Here are 4 ways of adding an #avatar at fastday.com in ascending order of difficulty:

1. Pick an avatar from the gallery
The easiest way of all is to use an avatar from the 'Gallery' that you can find by going here (or, in longhand, to your User Control Panel, click on the Profile tab, then, on the left, click on 'Edit avatar') and then click on 'Display gallery'. The disadvantages are that the choices are limited and that someone else might already be using your preferred avatar.

2. Find an avatar on the internet
You can get a much bigger choice by hunting the internet:
  1. Visit Google images. Type in what you are looking for (e.g. dragonfly) and do an initial search. Now under your search word(s) you will see an option 'Search Tools', click this then find 'Size' and select option 'Exactly' and enter 100 for both width and height. Then, if you want an animated avatar, under the 'Type' option select 'Animated'.
  2. You are likely to get lots of results! (Animations, if you selected them, don't display immediately on the search results.) Click on an image and it should bring up a black box showing the image (and the moving animation, if there is one). If this is the image you want to use, right-click on the image and 'save image location' (or something like that, different browsers will have slightly different text). If you have an iPad/iPhone or Android phone, tap and hold and then choose to 'Copy'.
  3. Now go here (or, in longhand, to your User Control Panel, click on the Profile tab, then, on the left, click on 'Edit avatar'). Paste the link/location that you previously copied (above) into the box for 'Link off-site' - it should appear as a text internet address ending probably in jpg or gif. Under 'avatar dimensions' enter 100 px x 100 px.
  4. Click 'Submit'.
3. Create and upload your own unique avatar
If you have your own image to use as an avatar you can add it yourself thus:
  1. Make sure the image, or the part of it you want, is roughly square.
  2. Visit http://picasion.com/create-avatar/:
    1. Browse to select your image file, then wait for it to load.
    2. Check on the right that 'Avatar size' is set to 100 x 100, then move the highlighted area around on the picture to select the part you want (you can also drag the corners [click and hold]) to make it bigger or smaller). Click 'Create an avatar'.
    3. If you are happy with it, click on the 'Direct link' text below (the text will start with http://i.picasion.com/av and end with .jpg), and with the whole text highlighted, 'Copy' it (CTRL + C on Windows keyboard, Command + C on Mac keyboard, or right-click with mouse and choose 'Copy', or on smartphone tap+hold and choose copy).
  3. Now go here (or, in longhand, to your User Control Panel, click on the Profile tab, then, on the left, click on 'Edit avatar'). Paste the link/location that you previously copied (above) into the box for 'Link off-site' - it should appear as a text internet address ending in jpg. Under 'avatar dimensions' enter 100 px x 100 px.
  4. Click 'Submit'.
4. Create and upload your own unique animated avatar
If you found creating your own avatar (step 3 above) straightforward, why not create an animated avatar made up of up 2 or 3 images in a slideshow by visiting http://picasion.com/?
Re: How to add an Avatar
30 May 2013, 17:14
Just to say, THANK YOU for your online tutorial the other night, I DID it, thanks again,

Ballerina x :heart:
Re: How to add an Avatar
30 May 2013, 17:17
And this is the REALLY easy way to do it,........

Getting an Avatar? Simples! Well, firstly, you spend hours deciding what you want to have then you spend over half a day trying to get it to work, then when you have regained your emotional equilibrium and ceased tearing your hair out, you beg the lovely Moogie to do it for you, and hey presto, you have an Avatar as well as a husband no longer cowering in the corner in fear and trepidation! :shock:

Now, how easy was that? :victory:

Ballerina x :heart:
Re: How to add an Avatar
30 May 2013, 17:30
Hi Ballerina, I did mention the 'Moogie' option in my instructions (at point 3). But I think it's better to let Moogie get on with more important things so if you ever need to change your avatar, I'm sure you'll be able to do it without bothering her - as you're now such a whizz! :wink:
Re: How to add an Avatar
30 May 2013, 17:50
Just managed to add an avatar - thanks for the tutorial, would never have known how to do it otherwise! Took a couple of tries but did it!
Re: How to add an Avatar
30 May 2013, 18:02
Greenmonster - what a fantastic avatar too! :like: :victory: :lol:
Re: How to add an Avatar
02 Jun 2013, 17:57
Hi, just added my avatar thanks to Dominic's great tutorial.

Thanks again !!!!!!
Re: How to add an Avatar
02 Jun 2013, 18:36
Thank you Dominic - I've finally managed to add my photo thanks to your instructions!
Re: How to add an Avatar
02 Jun 2013, 19:17
Yay - now have my proper avatar! Thank you :heart:
Re: How to add an Avatar
02 Jun 2013, 21:41
Yay! I love it :) Thanks... now I'm unique.
Re: How to add an Avatar
02 Jun 2013, 23:51
Thank you so much Dominic. I did it!!! I am so slow at all things techie. But even I managed to get an avatar. Can't wait to show my hubby and kids. I'll award myself a gold star.
Re: How to add an Avatar
10 Jul 2013, 04:25
Yeah! Thanks for the detailed help. I'm now Waving at everyone :)
Re: How to add an Avatar
10 Jul 2013, 10:59
Well done carleneruns (and everyone else)!

Waving back:
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Re: How to add an Avatar
22 Jul 2013, 18:01
Thank you for the detailed instructions Dominic! I now too have an Avatar! We had to make self puppets for a skit at work from lunch sacks. This was mine made in 20 minutes. Tinfoil for the "graying" hair and an extra pair of glasses I'm always wearing on top of my head.
Re: How to add an Avatar
10 Aug 2013, 12:52
Thank you so much!
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